Matt Hodgson

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Matt Hodgson
Full name Matt Hodgson
Date of birth (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
Occupation(s) Professional Rugby Union Player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position openside Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1994–99
1999–2013
2004–05
2005–06
2007–
2009–
Avoca Sharks
Eastwood
Manly
Palmyra RC
Wanneroo Districts
Eastern Suburbs
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2014
Melbourne Rebels
Perth Spirit
0
1
(0)
(0)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003
2006–
Waratahs
Force
0
113
(0)
(60)
Current local club Eastern Suburbs
correct as of 21 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–
2005, 2008–11
2002
Wallabies
Australia A
Australia U-21
11 (0)
correct as of 17 November 2014.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2005, 2008 Australia Sevens

Matt Hodgson, born (1981-06-25)25 June 1981 in NSW, Australia, is an Australian professional rugby union player for the Wallabies and Super Rugby team the Western Force. Hodgson was made Club Captain of the Western Force on 2 August 2012, and became the first Western Force player to play 100 caps for the club.[1][2] Hodgson captained the Western Force in their most successful season, 2014 Super Rugby season, in the clubs history with 8 wins in a season. His leadership and form in that season saw him receive a re-call to the Wallabies set-up for the test series against France.[3]

Career[edit]

Hodgson began his rugby career with his local team the Avoca Sharks in the NSW Central Coast town of Avoca Beach. At age 17, Hodgson was drafted by the New South Wales Waratahs as a flyhalf/centre and was redeveloped as a loose forward. However, he did not receive any Super Rugby caps for the franchise in that season, which saw him leave the club to represent armature clubs to develop into a full-time flanker. While training with the Waratahs, Hodgson played for Sydney Club Rugby teams Eastwood Rugby Club (1999–2003) and Manly RUFC (2004–05). His form as a flanker, saw Hodgson receive a call up into the Australian under-21's team for the 2002 Under 21 Rugby World Championship. He started in the number 7 jersey in the grand final against South Africa under-21, who were the winning side 24-21 in Johannesburg. He was part of the Eastwood Rugby Club winning side in the 2002 Shute Shield, where he was named man-of-the match in the 19-15 win over Sydney University.[4]

2005 - Debut Super Rugby season[edit]

In 2005, Hodgson was a member of the Australian sevens side that finished seventh in the 2004–05 World Sevens Series. In addition to this, he got his first taste of international rugby, playing for the Australian A side against the Junior All Blacks in Canberra.[5] Further more, Hodgson signed with the Western Force, for their inaugural season of Super Rugby.[6] He made his super rugby debut at home, Subiaco Oval, against the Brumbies who were the victors in that match 25-10. At the end of his debut season with the Force, he was awarded the inaugural presentation of the 2006 Force Man award – a recognition given to the player deemed to best represent the club's values in all that they do both on and off the field. This award was again won by Hodgson in 2007, 2009 and in 2010.

2009 - Australia[edit]

Hodgson enjoyed a break-out season in 2009, earning his first Western Force Player of the Year award and first Wallabies call up. He debuted for Australia in the non-cap earning 55–7 annihilation of the Barbarians at Sydney Football Stadium.[7] A serious AC Joint injury sustained during the 39th minute sidelined Hodgson for 3 months, but he returned for the Spring Tour later that year and performed in the midweek matches against Gloucester and Cardiff Blues.[8][9]

2010 Super rugby season saw Hodgson awarded his second Player of the Year award in so many years. Hodgson rounded off 2010 with two Man of the Match performances on Wallaby Spring tour against Munster and Leister.

Hodgson's first test cap was a substitution from the bench in the 49–3 victory against Fiji in Canberra, during the 2010 mid-year rugby union internationals. He also made appearances from the bench in tests against England, New Zealand and Italy during the 2010 season. He earned his first starting position against Samoa in Sydney during the 2011 mid-year rugby union internationals. On that occasion Samoa won 32-23 in a shock victory.[10]

Hodgson was a member of the 2011 World Cup Squad, called up as an injury replacement for Wycliff Palu.[11]

Hodgson is contracted until the end of the 2015 Super Rugby Season with the Western Force. Hodgson is managed by the Fordham Company in Sydney.

Personal life[edit]

Hodgson was awarded the 2011 RUPA Academic Award. He has completed his real estate licence,a Bachelor of Science and is currently working towards his Masters in Sports Law.

Hodgson owns F45 Training West Leederville. The first F45 Training franchise to open in Western Australia. (Opened 26.05.2014)

Hodgson calls Perth home, is married to West Australian born Jo Hodgson and father to Hunter Patrick Hodgson (born 14.03.2013).

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 27 December 2014
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2006 Force 12 10 2 839 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 Force 8 5 3 367 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Force 10 5 5 377 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2009 Force 13 10 3 886 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Force 13 13 0 1040 1 0 0 0 5 1 0
2011 Force 13 12 1 889 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Force 14 14 0 1013 2 0 0 0 10 1 0
2013 Force 14 12 2 964 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
2014 Force 16 16 0 1268 6 0 0 0 30 1 0
Total 113 97 16 7643 12 0 0 0 60 3 0

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